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Middle East/North Africa Politics

4 challenges facing Egypt’s new president Sisi

Egypt’s newly elected President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, inherits a nation embattled by years of turmoil and instability. A bleak economic situation and continued crackdown on opposition and militant attacks are

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Israeli gas upsets Mediterranean energy dynamics

Israeli natural gas exports have the potential to reshape energy dynamics across the Mediterranean, helping Israel and its neighbors to diversify their energy access. Regional political risks, however, loom large

International Natural resources and energy

Four Countries that beat the resource curse

Four countries that have successfully navigated the potential pitfalls of natural resource wealth provide examples of how best to avoid falling victim to the “paradox of plenty.” A quick look

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Gaza flare up jeopardises 2012 ceasefire

The 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip, seems ready to fall apart. In retaliation for the assassination of three Islamic Jihad leaders on March

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Lebanon’s new cabinet unlikely to save economy

The newly formed coalition is unlikely to solve the many challenges facing Lebanon. As the Syrian crisis continues to take its toll on the economy, Lebanon must shift its short-term

Middle East/North Africa Security

Op-Ed: Iran is driving the bus, so why is the West celebrating?

Western enthusiasm for Iran deal, sees Tehran hold the upper hand and steer discussions, calling into question the West’s celebrations over the talks. Supreme Iranian leader Khamenei spent much of

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Palestine’s private sector growth plan depends on politics

Private sector-led growth and decreased Israeli restrictions on trade are needed to boost Palestine’s stagnant economy. The Palestinian Economic Initiative represents a potential solution, but its success depends upon political

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Qatar state development model holds potentail and risk

Qatar is one of the world’s smallest states, but it also has one of the largest gas reserves. Small and wealthy, Qatar’s policies have echoed elsewhere. Is it a guide

Europe Security

Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iran’s Shifting Stance on Syria, Israel, and Nuclear Power

In the past few days, the international community has seen a series of surprising gestures from Iran, indicating a possible shift in posture. The West has grown accustomed to former